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Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is Peru’s main tourist attraction (
Allison). Thousands of people a day visit it (Allison). It is located about 50 miles northwest of Cusco (which used to be the capital of Inca) in the ridged Andes Mountains (Allison). It was first found and recognized in 1911 for its archaeological importance by explorer Hiram Bingham (Allison). He found many plazas, temples, and fountains (Allison). It is the most well preserved ruin in all of Cuzco. The buildings in this site are from the 1400s (Allison). Many scholars think that in 1532 Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Spanish began their conquest of the Incan people (Allison). Machu Picchu was used as a home for royalty (Allison). The royalty would also have room for many guests to come (Allison). There were also buildings for servants and farmers to work (Allison). The buildings roofs were made out of granite to protect the people from the rain (Allison). There are 175 buildings that are still intact that you can visit (Allison). Machu Picchu showed the Incans culture, religion, and architecture (Allison).